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    STREET PASTORS            
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Street  Pastors Taunton started in 2007 following a period when local churches considered other initiatives that had been started in other parts of the country.

A team of trained volunteers has been recruited from a number of churches in Taunton, including St. James to provide support for young people who may be in need during the night times in the town centre. The teams work with local police, night clubs and have become increasingly respected within the community. They are supported by a prayer team who operate during the night to provide prayer backup. In the centre of town they have a “Safe Space” based outside the Congregational Church which provides hot drinks, flip flops and a safe refuge.

Street pastors have also been used by local town organisations to support other community events at Christmas, Carnival time,  the vigil following the M5 crash and provided support following the flooding on the levels. Most recently they have been working with the local community services in one of the estates in Taunton.   To find out more look at the website: 



 The Besom in TauntON started in 2005 at Taunton Vineyard Christian Fellowship with a group of time-givers who wanted to give practical help to those in our town in most need. This has expanded to include decorating and gardening projects, delivery of food boxes, furniture, household items, all to meet the needs of our neighbours in distress. At Christmas and Easter Besom provide hampers for the individuals and families they have worked with during the year. Since 2017 Besom operate from a unit on the Crown Estate where they are able to store furniture, household items and  crisis food boxes for distribution to individuals and families referred by the many social working agencies and authorities in Taunton and Wellington.

Many churches in the Taunton/Wellington area support the work of Besom in prayer, giving of time and skills, and finances.

Further details can be found at:   
Members of St. James church continue to give of their time,
  energies and prayers to this Christian charity.


The aim of the Chaplaincy is to serve the community of Taunton including people and businesses in the town centre, care homes, the workforce of Taunton’s many employers, the homeless and people in Vivary Park. Chaplains provide a friendly, listening ear, and impartial and confidential support through the ups and downs of life.

The people who form Taunton Team Chaplaincy are drawn from churches across Taunton, and are therefore part of the church here. There is a paid lead chaplain who supports the team of 25 volunteer chaplains. More volunteers are always welcome. The Chaplaincy office is at the Market House in the town centre and is open each morning for drop in visits and from where town centre patrols operate.

Each Wednesday at 10am there is a prayer meeting at the office for the town and the people who chaplains meet. All are welcome to join us. Chaplains' placements are usually visited weekly. A chaplain’s main aim is to listen and take an interest in the people they meet and to give comfort, compassion and prayer where needed. Over a period the chaplain will seek to get to know and to be known as a caring friend.
Please see the TTC website for more details:
  THE OPEN DOOR            
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The Open Door as set up in 1996 by Taunton Christians Together in Action and is based 1A Mount Street near the Taunton town centre and provides meals, drinks, clothing, shower, laundry facilities and computer and phone charging for homeless and disadvantaged people. The centre offers a listening ear and helps with advice and signposting to services in the area. They have a team of volunteers and a Project Worker who helps the Manager run the centre. They aim to provide unconditional support to those who visit Open Door. A new initiative DoMore@OpenDoor aims to help with  benefits, job searching and CV writing.

The project is supported by individuals, local churches, schools, charities and Taunton Deane Borough Council.

Please see their website for more details:

The website provided up to date in formation about the types of foodstuffs and other items that are needed.

Taunton Youth for Christ was formed in the summer of 2000. Since then they have developed a strategy to:

Our heart is to take the good news relevantly to every young person in Taunton.

This means that, working in partnership with local churches, we aim to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to:


              1.    Know that they are loved and valued , by demonstrating Gods love  to them           

             2.    Hear the good news declared in appropriate and relevant ways

            3.    Make appositive decisions about their lives and specifically appropriate decisions about their faith

            4.    Be discipled through relationship with positive role models, relevant small groups, and finding their place as part of the

 Church in Taunton.

Anthony Stevens is the TYFC lead youth worker in Taunton  and works from an office which is now at North Street Church. Contact him at


Each week TYFC work in different secondary schools and sixth form colleges across Taunton. We have a presence in each of the public secondary schools in Taunton. A new group for young people has recently been set up at Chamberlains called the Friday Night Project

For further information  

  TAUNTON AREA DEBT ADVICE     (previously St.James Debt Advice)          
Taunton Area Debt Advice

TADA was started about four years ago by a member of St. James, and since then he has been working with two colleagues to offer advice and support to a range of people who are struggling with financial difficulties. Advisors have to be trained to a high standard and new regulations from the Financial Conduct Authority have added to the complexities. St. James PCC has provided financial support to enable the team to obtain training and registration. The team have recognised that there is a huge amount of need for financial advice and have expanded the number of advisors and encouraged other churches to be involved.

They now operate from an Office in Exchange House, The Crescent Taunton.

For further information please talk to Graham Reid who can be contacted by email at:

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                                       WEC International          
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WEC International is a Christian mission agency,  committed to seeing Jesus Christ known, loved and worshipped among the peoples who have yet to hear the gospel. Most of these 'remaining unreached peoples' are also the world's poorest and sometimes the most marginalized. WEC's aim is to redress this imbalance – serving the last, first.

Our link missionaries are David and Margie Whitehorn, who are currently Directors for West Africa.  

For more information contact:

Jenny Wakefield

                     TEAR Fund            

(The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund)is a one of the major Christian Relief  Organisations working in more than fifty countries around the world, responding to disasters, campaigning for justice, helping  local churches to do whatever it takes to get close and stay close to the people who need them. TEAR Fund has a vision to see 50 million people released from material and spiritual poverty through a worldwide network of 100,000 local churches. Some church members have been involved in short term projects.

For more information contact:  Sue Doyle

    SAMARITANS PURSE  Operation Christmas Child

Inspired by the message of Jesus Christ – a message of hope for today and for the future – Samaritan’s Purse is an international development organisation partnering with local churches the world over to bring hope, help and a self-sustaining future to the communities we work alongside. Samaritans Purse is involved in international and national  relief work, responding to humanitarian disasters whenever they arise. They also have ongoing projects in many countries which including health and water projects.

Samaritans purse also run the annual Operation Christmas Child enabling gifts to be sent to children in Europe, Africa and Asia, who have very little due to poverty or disaster. For more information contact:  Roger Fenton



fights poverty through trade, helping people in developing countries to transform their lives.

Established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty, Traidcraft is the UK's leading fairtrade organisation, running development programmes in some of the poorest countries in the world, and campaigning in the UK and internationally to bring about trade justice.

Frieda Davis brings in Traidcraft products for sale on the first Sunday of each month and as a church we endeavour to use Fairtrade products wherever possible.

For more information contact:  Contact Freda Davis 



BARNABAS FUND’S main ministry is to send financial support to projects which help Christians where they suffer discrimination, oppression and persecution as a consequence of their faith.

Barnabas seeks to provide information about the persecuted church and seek to encourage and facilitate prayer by providing information, prayer requests and resources in many different forms and formats.

For more information contact:  Martin Wakefield

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